Mel Kiper Jr’s latest mock draft has the Texans taking Cam Robinson

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I can’t imagine the Houston Texans using their first round pick on a offensive tackle instead of a quarterback.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle as well as most other media members seem to believe the Houston Texans will use their first round pick on quarterback.

It looks like ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t agree.

Kiper has the Texans using the 25th overall pick on Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson.

"The Texans could be in play for a quarterback here after trading away Brock Osweiler, though Tony Romo could find his way to Houston soon if he gets his release from the Cowboys. For now I’m sticking with Robinson at No. 25, even if he’ll have no idea whom he’s blocking for. Robinson (6-6, 322) has been a known commodity for the Crimson Tide, for whom he was a three-year starter, but he isn’t a lock to play left tackle. He’s a powerful run-blocker who needs to clean up some things to reach his potential as a pass-blocker."

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Even if the Texans are able to sign Romo, they need to draft a quarterback this year.

You could argue that the best move for Houston would be to draft an offensive tackle in the first round this year and get a quarterback next season.  Since next year’s crop of signal-callers is supposed to be a lot better than this year’s.

But there’s no guarantee right now that the Texans will sign Romo when he becomes a free agent.

Romo may not get released until after the draft.